Trail conditions

Banff National Park

Important information

Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.


Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Roadside parking is prohibited. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.


Dogs are allowed on all trails in the summer unless otherwise specified in trail restrictions and closures. Refer to the information below to find out about any special restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and you

When you see wildlife, give them space for your safety and their survival. If you’re out on the trails, travel in tight groups of 4 or more, stay alert, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Know before you go!

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

For more information, please contact us:

 Banff: 403-762-1550

 Lake Louise: 403-522-3833

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 Banff Visitor Centre

 Lake Louise Visitor Centre

Town of Banff Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Spring conditions 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections; Cleats recommended; Slushy sections ; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 27-05-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 27-05-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Easy Marsh Loop Fair. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Fenland Loop Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Fair. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Fair. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Spring conditions 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Risk of post-holing; Sections of deep snow; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Coastline Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Teddy Bear's Picnic Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: The Spine Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Technical Trails: Return of the Jedi Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Technical Trails: Star Wars Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Spring conditions 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections; Cleats recommended; Slushy sections ; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Difficult Topp Notch Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections;  
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Fair. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Watch for ticks; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Fair. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Watch for ticks; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Spring conditions 27-05-2024: Deadfall on trail; Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Watch for ticks; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Deadfall on trail; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

From May 1 to June 25, and August 30 to September 30, the Bow Valley Parkway Cycling Experience restricts public vehicles on the parkway's 17 km eastern end, from the TransCanada-Highway junction to Johnston Canyon. Vehicle access to the popular Johnston Canyon Trail and campground will remain open during the pilot via Castle Junction (the intersection of Highway 93 and the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A), and the west end of the Bow Valley Parkway. Visit parks.canada.ca/banff-bow-valley-parkway for more information.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Healy Pass Trail Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Trail Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed ; Snowbound; Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Trail Good. 27-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Not recommended. 27-05-2024: Potential stream crossings; Parking lot closed.; Avalanche terrain; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Snow covering all trails. Depth of snow varies with trail aspect and elevation. Hazards such as treefall, slippery sections, difficult route-finding and avalanche exposure are all possible due to snow coverage.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Tramline Trail Wet and snowy sections. 27-05-2024: Note: A trail advisory is in effect from May 15 until October 15 to help protect and improve important wildlife habitat. Hikers are asked to use alternative routes such as the Louise Creek Trail. Cycling is permitted on Tramline trail.; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Caution. 22-05-2024: Snow covered; Icy sections; Risk of post-holing; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Seasonal closure in effect 20-05-2024: Trail sections along the west side of Bow River CLOSED from May 15 to October 15; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trail Caution. 20-05-2024: Snow covered sections; Slippery sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Caution. 27-05-2024: Snow covered; Slippery sections; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail Some wet sections. 26-05-2024: Parking lot closed.; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Caution. 20-05-2024: Icy sections; Deadfall on trail; Risk of post-holing; Snow covered;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Trail Caution. 26-05-2024: Snow covered; Slippery sections; Icy sections; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Not recommended. 20-05-2024: Snow covered; Avalanche terrain; Risk of post-holing; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Trail Not recommended. 26-05-2024: Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Switchbacks from Lake Agnes to Big Beehive are steep, snowy and hazardous. Not recommended.; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Trail Caution. 26-05-2024: Snow covered; Slippery sections; Icy sections; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Trail Not recommended. 20-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Risk of post-holing;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Not recommended. 26-05-2024: Avalanche danger; Avalanche debris on trail; Snow covered; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Not recommended. 26-05-2024: Avalanche danger; Avalanche debris on trail; Snow covered sections; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Trail Hazardous conditions. 26-05-2024: Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Trail Spring conditions. 26-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Fair. 20-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Moraine Lake road is closed to personal vehicles year-round. Shuttle services to Moraine lake begin June 1st. See reservation.pc.gc.ca for Parks Canada shuttle bookings. Snowy conditions on all trails.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Trail Road access closed 26-05-2024: No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snow covered; Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Connector Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Difficult Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Moraine Lake road is closed to personal vehicles year-round. Shuttle services to Moraine lake begin June 1st. See reservation.pc.gc.ca for Parks Canada shuttle bookings. Snowy conditions on all trails.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: No vehicle access; Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Trail Road access closed 26-05-2024: No vehicle access; Snow covered sections; Sections of deep snow; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Eiffel Lake Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lakes Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Trail Road access closed 20-05-2024: Avalanche terrain; No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Snow covering all trails. Depth of snow varies with trail aspect and elevation. Hazards such as treefall, slippery sections, difficult route-finding and avalanche exposure are all possible due to snow coverage.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Mosquito Creek Trail Not recommended. 20-05-2024: Snow covered; Sections of deep snow;  
Difficult Molar Pass Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Difficult Dolomite Pass Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Safety hazards 12-05-2024: Not recommended; Avalanche terrain; Snow covered; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Trail Caution. 20-05-2024: Snow covered; Slippery sections; Icy sections; Cleats recommended; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Trail Not recommended. 20-05-2024: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Trail details
Moderate Chephren Lake Trail Poor. 20-05-2024: Snow covered sections; Sections of deep snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Poor. 20-05-2024: Snow covered sections; Sections of deep snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Trail Fair. 21-05-2024: Numerous trees down on trail; Not yet maintained; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Mistaya Canyon Trail Fair. 20-05-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Trail Not recommended. 12-05-2024: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Not recommended. 20-05-2024: Snow at high elevation ; Risk of post-holing; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Not recommended. 20-05-2024: Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Trail Hazardous conditions. 20-05-2024: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Trail details
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